Winter Reminders

We get a lot of snow in this part of the country. Being from a bit of a warmer area of the US, I am still amazed each year at the many snowfalls we experience here in the winter months. I’m not naturally a fan of winter, but the snow does remind me of some great biblical truths that are so amazing that they prompt me to be joyful even in the coldest days.

Isaiah 1:18 states, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” With Christmas just around the corner, we hear a lot about the birth of Christ and His humility in coming to earth as a baby. Far too easily does this truth become mundane in our lives and we forget just how amazing the gift of Christ truly is!

Christ gave up everything to come rescue us from our sins. Although He is a part of the Trinity and could have utilized total power here on earth, instead He humbled Himself by coming as a helpless baby, being raised by imperfect earthy parents, and completing the will of His heavenly Father even though He knew it would lead to His agonizing death on a cross. He did this all so that He could become our sympathetic High Priest who has experienced life on this earth – and all so we could be saved from the wrath of God and live with Him forever in eternity.

This wonderful gift of Salvation is free and attainable for anyone. All we have to do is ask! Psalm 51:7 says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Although in our sin we are tarnished and unclean, when we “confess with [our] mouths Jesus as Lord and believe in [our] hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, brackets added) When we receive Salvation through Christ, we are washed clean from our sins. God no longer sees us as unrighteous, but rather as covered in the perfect, holy righteousness of Christ!

So now, when I look out at the snow each winter, I can rejoice! The pure white fluff covering this earth is a beautiful reminder of the pure white clean that God has made me; and all because of Christ’s humility and love for us. Praise the Lord with me this winter, and let’s all be reminded of the awesome blessing of Salvation.

Bethany Dunn
Bethany heard about Vision of Hope while attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida. When she began praying about what God wanted her to do after graduating, He kept bringing Vision of Hope to her mind. Knowing that there was an internship available, Bethany applied, was accepted, and began her internship with VOH in July, 2012. Since then she has been amazed at the opportunities God has given her to learn more about His Word and how it applies to everyday life. Bethany now serves on staff at Vision of Hope.